Punch,  34 (1858), 103.

The Anti-Street-Noise League



Introduction, Drollery; Reportage, Spoof


Music, Crime, Mental Illness, Health, Medical Practitioners, Disease

    Reports Mr Punch's delight at news of a meeting to suppress street noise and his appointment of a committee to take evidence in support of that cause. The fictitious evidence includes that from Mrs Materfamilias, who links the near death of her child and her 'nervous fever' to Italian organists, and adds that her husband 'caught inflammation of the chest by going after a policeman one night, who refused to act'. Another witness, Dr Febrifuge, connects the 'protracted sufferings of many of his patients to their inability to procure repose' caused by howling at night.

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